Derek James Hamlet

June 26, 1981October 4, 2020
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Derek James Hamlet, age 39 of Lynchburg, husband of Karen P. Hamlet, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

He was born in Lynchburg on June 26, 1981, son of Ronald V. and Wanda E. Hamlet. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Vernard and Julia Hamlet and his maternal grandparents, Roy and June Eggleston.

Derek was a one of a kind soul, his joy and laugh were infectious. He excelled at all he did whether it was sports, like golf, wrestling, baseball or backyard cornhole or inventing new games and creating beautiful jewelry artwork and woodwork. Derek was very talented in so many ways. He was loved by so many as he touched everyone’s lives he met. He was a loving husband, son and brother and an amazing uncle to his nieces and nephews, but most of all a wonderful father.

In addition to his wife and his parents, Derek is survived by a son, Tristan Hamlet; 2 sisters, Heather Alto (Chris) and Heidi Haney (Chase); 8 nieces and nephews, Autumn Myers (Corey), Hunter Alto, Sylas Haney, Ryleigh Alto, Colby Haney, Zach Palmer, Carter Palmer, and Emma Palmer. He is also survived by his longtime loyal canine companion, Labelle.

A celebration of life for Derek, will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Pastor Tom Bryant officiating. The service will be live streamed via Facebook. To view the service by streaming, go to The family will receive friends following the service until 5:30 pm and other times at the home of his parents.

When attending services, please maintain social distancing and wear a mask for everyone’s safety.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donation’s to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up for the benefit of Derek’s son, Tristan.


  • Ronald V Hamlet, Father
  • Wanda E Hamlet, Mother
  • Karen P Hamlet, Wife
  • Tristan Hamlet, Son
  • Heather Alto (Chris), Sister
  • Heidi Haney (Chase), Sister
  • Vernard & Julia Hamlet, Paternal Grandparents (deceased)
  • Roy & June Eggleston, Maternal Grandparents (deceased)
  • He is also survived by 8 nieces and nephews, Autumn Myers (Corey), Hunter Alto, Sylas Haney, Ryleigh Alto, Colby Haney, Zach Palmer, Carter Palmer, and Emma Palmer and by his longtime loyal canine companion, Labelle.

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  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, October 9, 2020


  • Family will receive friends after the service until 5:30


Derek James Hamlet

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Randy Childress

October 10, 2020

Ronnie and family,
We were sorry to here of Derek’s passing. I (Randy) had the pleasure of working with Derek at Wexco. He was a wonderful young man, very courteous, always polite and a great person. He will be missed. May wonderful memories bring you peace during this time.
Randy & Janet Childress

Charlie Hudnall

October 9, 2020

Ronnie & Wanda, I’m so sorry to hear of Derick’s passing. Y’all are in our prayers.

Keith Forbes

October 9, 2020

Ronnie and Wanda: Keith , Regina, Matthew and Nicole wish so love and prayers to all you guys; I took Matt and Derek fishing many years ago to Snowden, I fell down long back, skinned me up, and broke my new Rhino fishing rod, the boys laughed a long time; also want to share the love our family come by y’all’s during Christmas decorations! We are so sad for all your family!

Myia King

October 9, 2020

I am deeply sadden by the lost of our friend, Derick. Carlos, our family, and I extend our deepest prayers to your entire family! Derek's memory will always have a place in our hearts. Me from growing up and going to school and, Carlos from Wexco. May you rest in paradise. You will be missed!

Dan Chi

October 9, 2020

I’ll always remember that camping trip when we were laughing hysterically as you tried to cut down a small tree onto the tent where Scott was sleeping. That’s what I’ll always remember about Derek..that laugh and that smile. Prayers to the family.

Jennifer Hamlet Glossop

October 8, 2020

Ronnie and family..

So sorry for your loss.. Sending love and prayers for the family..

Janet Locke Sublett

October 8, 2020

Ronnie, Wanda & Family, We're so sorry to hear of the passing of your son, Derek. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. May you be comforted by them during this most difficult time. Love you, Janice, Janet Leigh & Donnie

Cindy & Tom Booker

October 8, 2020

Wanda , Ronnie and Family,
So sorry to read of Derek's death. We too have many fond memories from the Lynchburg Little League days. Praying for strength and peace during this difficult time. May you happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.

Tom and Cindy Booker

Frank Neumann

October 8, 2020

Ronnie and Wanda,
I know what you're going through when you lose a child. I'm thinking of you at this most difficult time and wishing you the healing power of many beautiful memories.

Frank Neumann

Sue Pfeiffer

October 7, 2020

Dear Ronnie, Wanda, Heather, Heidi, and Families,
I cannot express how broken hearted I am to learn of the sudden passing of Derek. Each of you seem as though you are part of our family, from all of the wonderful times we spent together on Little League Fields. It is difficult right now for me to watch my grandsons games, because of the some of the petite players that are playing them. All I see when they come up to bat, is that adorable petite little guy, named Derek, so full of life.
Please know that each of you are in my constant thoughts, and prayers. I love you all.
Deepest sympathy,
Sue J. Hall Pfeiffer
Rustburg, VA


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